Intraoperative molds to create an articulating spacer for the infected knee arthroplasty

  • Van Thiel G
  • Berend K
  • Klein G
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Abstract

Chronic infections in TKA have been traditionally treated with a two-stage protocol incorporating a temporary antibiotic-loaded cement spacer. The use of a static as opposed to an articulating spacer is controversial. Some surgeons believe a static spacer results in a higher rate of infection eradication, whereas others believe an articulating spacer provides equivalent rates of infection control with improved function between stages and the potential for better eventual range of motion.

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